In interview, Manchester chief constable describes hope of building prosecution case against some of those in custody

The Manchester arena bomber, Salman Abedi, was not known to the Prevent anti-radicalisation programme, police have said.

Speaking on BBC Radio Manchester, chief constable Ian Hopkins said that while Abedi was known to police for “relatively minor matters” – including theft, receiving stolen goods, and minor assault in 2012 – concerns about his radicalisation had not been reported to local authorities.

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